Paper and Fabric Marbling 101

An assortment of tools, dyes, inks, and pigment
20 colorful fabric squares are arranged in a larger square
 Collage At left,  dabs of different colors on paintbrushes rest below plant samples. At right, 2 tubes of blue pigment are extruding dabs of color

Date: June 19-22, 2020 (Summer)
Medium: Paper, fibers
Instructor: Natalie Stopka (email)
Skill Level: All

Learn the fundamentals of marbling in this exploration of color, pattern, and design in print! We’ll spend one day unraveling the history of paper marbling in the European water-based tradition, following the development of patterns from traditional to experimental. Our Sunday session will look at the tools and materials for creating permanent prints on fabric. Students will be free to develop their own palette and style as class progresses, leaving with an array of designs on a variety of papers and fibers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Miami University has officially cancelled all face-to-face classes for the first summer term. This unfortunately means that CraftSummer must cancel our program scheduled for April and June.

Currently we are in the process of rescheduling some workshops to run towards the end of July. We will update our website as soon as we have dates and classes lined up.

We are also exploring the concept of creating workshop style classes to be offered online with the hopes of having a few classes available this year. It will include personal instruction, demos, live critiques and live feedback from the instructors. More info will follow soon.

We wish you well. Stay safe.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $70-80*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Natalie Stopka is a New York based artist focused on creative processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. Her pursuit of historical surface patterning techniques includes natural dyeing, pigment extraction, marbling, and printmaking. These meticulous, layered processes incorporate materials grown in her studio garden, creating a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color. Natalie is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.